choosing what is right for you #1: Table Saws buying guide for newbies

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Blog entry by kenthemadcarpenter posted 07-20-2015 04:57 PM 959 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Nothing is worse than buying a tool that you learn later on is one you wish you never bought especially if you are new to wood working. The most utilized tool in most woodshops is the table saw. There a vast amount of table saws on the market, finding the one that best fits your needs can be confusing. Some people like the idea of a portable saw, especially if they have limited workspace. Others prefer the cabinet style fixed location. Either one is fine, however certain things you want to make sure of, can the saw accept other attachments easily, such as feather boards, cross cut sleds, if you need to clamp to it can you do so? So what I would look for, is does it have a locking miter slot? if so my self i would avoid it, if later on you would like to build a cross cut sled, making the runners can be a bit tricky, also is the table steel/cast iron or aluminum? preferably you want one that is cast iron or steel. another thing is the the blade placement on the table, try getting one where your blade sets further towards the back of the table, this way you have more room to place your stock on the table, and better able to control the workpiece, another thing research on line what type of plates are available for it, can it accept a zero clearance throat plate, whether it is an aftermarket or one you. make your self. If you are going to do dado’s on your saw, what is the widest dado it can do, what type of dado blades can it use. Right now you might be looking for a saw to do some general work around your house such as myself a few years ago, and think all table saws are the same, boy was i wrong, now i have a table saw i regret buying, Don’t get me wrong she is still a good saw for a few projects, but she has her limitations, yes there certain things i could do to make it a better saw, but by the time i did between buying the material, the time vested into it, well i rather just spend the extra money and buy a better saw and keep the green monster tucked in the corner.

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